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Spacing of steam service tracks in N scale...
« on: June 09, 2019, 06:15:00 PM »
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I'm trying to lay out my steam engine servicing area.  I'm using at least parts of the Walthers Cornerstone kits for now - the cinder conveyor and the 2-track coaling tower.   Eventually (hopefully) they will get replaced with something closer to NKP practice - especially the coaling tower, which I really want to be a two-track FM round concrete tower.

Anyway, I'm trying to figure out track-to-track spacing, and the Walthers instructions are no help at all.  I know I could build the kits first and then figure it out, but I don't really want to do it that way. I'm hoping someone else already has and can share their experiences.

I'm guestimating 1.25" on the two coaling tracks (not the coal-dump that feeds it).

<edit>  I'm trying to figure distance between the cinder dump and the loading track (to remove cinders) next to it.  Looking at the under-track parts 1.75" spacing looks about right, but I'd like it a little closer.  I guess that I should worry about clearance from the cinder dump tower to the gondola track.  In this case, the tighter I can get it the better, so long as I can get a car and switcher by it. </edit>

<edit> after fiddling and mocking up I settled on 2 3/16" inches between tracks. I'll let you know how it works out  :scared:</edit>
« Last Edit: June 09, 2019, 06:40:12 PM by nickelplate759 »
George

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I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.